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10.31.2010

NARA!! "Nobody's fool"

Good evening contemporary art lovers!
Right in the middle of Park Avenue (midtown east) you'll see two enormous white sculptures that are facing each other. Two huge little girls who perfectly depict the universe of Yoshitomo Nara, a Japanese artist born in 1959. I didn't really know his work but the exhibition, his first one in NY, is stunning! You'll see it at the Asian Society on Park.

Exhibition shows us more than one hundred works including sculptures, paintings, ceramics, drawings... You get into his world and there are so many works! It helps you to understand his sensibility and his own universe. You get into his mind by getting into real little houses full of drawings, paintings, sculptures... Each room depicts a different topic. All is about dream, childhood, animals, associated to the popular culture.

And for those who have time, stop by Sotheby's to see the exhibition. Sales are next week!!

10.24.2010

Oliver Herring and his performances

Good afternoon contemporary art lovers!
To those who are kinda tired of exhibitions about paintings and sculptures, you should go to the Meulensteen gallery and have a look on its new show: Area for Action, an ambitious exhibition of ongoing performances, improvisatory sculptures, and real-time collaborative art works made by Oliver Herring, a german artist.

The walls replace the canvases. The entire gallery is covered by spatters of paint. The floor is full of diverse materials such as paint, glitter, confetti... The title refers to Herring's organization of the gallery space. The role of the artist, his public and the interaction between both has been redefined.

Exhibition runs until November 6th and there is a special closing party and performance on November 4th...

10.15.2010

Minimal Group Exhibition at the Gladstone Gallery

Good evening contemporary art lovers!
As you may know the Galdstone Gallery, which is one of my favorite gallery, hosts an amazing show which runs until October 23rd. Artists who are exhibited: Carl Andre, Sol LeWitt, Dan Flavin, Richard Long and Mario Merz.


Carl Andre, an American artist, is best known for his ordered linear format and grid format sculpture. Sol LeWitt, an American artist, is recognized with his wall drawings and "structures". Dan Flavin, who's also American, rose to fame with his sculptures and installations from commercially available fluorescent light fixtures. Richard Long, an English artist, is one of the most famous British land artist and his sculptures are often made from rocks and similar found material. Mario Merz, who's an Italian artist fascinated by architecture and most know for his igloos, explores relationship between nature and the subject.

Go go go! You only have one week left.
Have a nice and cultural week end...

10.05.2010

Chelsea Fall 2010!!

Good morning contemporary art lovers!
After an amazing summer in Ibiza (thanks T.), I'm finally back in the City... Hhhmmm it's freezing! I already told you about Filomeno, Rob Pruitt, John McCracken, Opalka and Kempinas... But there are so many others exhibitions right now!

One of the most impressive exhibition is certainly the one hosted by the Pace Gallery: 50 years at Pace. A multi-venue retrospective is shown at the gallery on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. It relates us the history of the gallery and who have influenced its narrative over the past five decades (artists, people, ideas...). The exhibition is divided in four parts according to the different locations and each gallery explores a different side of the Pace's history. This exhibition is a feast for the eyes!!

Gagosian gallery hosts an interesting exhibition: Transport. The "Silver Surf" is my favorite piece. Here Marc Newson tries to explore the full range of his vehicle design and it shows us his obsession with human and mechanical locomotion. But please guys, try to be a little bit more original!! After the boat made by Xavier Vheillan at the beginning of the year - and which by the way hasn't been sold during an auction this summer - the Newson's reinterpretation of a Riva is exposed...

The Interrupted Image is the new exhibition hosted by the Nicholas Robinson gallery. Five artists who live and work all around the world were worked together to create this group show. Wafaa Bilal's work is interactive and very funny. For those who know Edouard Manet's paintings, you'll be amused by his own interpretation of A Bar at the Folies Bergeres. Unless you are a very big fan... you'll be shocked because it's a mix of painting, photograph, video, and you're a part of the work!

Usually the Winston Wachter gallery is one of my favorite. They are very good to discover new contemporary emerging artists. I really like the new exhibition of Betsy Eby: Scales and Measures but it smells!! Artists who use encaustic technique often forget this problem. Here she tried to express the feeling of music by making it visible. Each painting is a particular piece of music. It's very charming, calm and the funny thing is that it can make you think of some paintings and drawings made by contemporary Chinese artists...

Heroes of Birth at the Luhring Augustine gallery brings us into a very particular world, insane, fantastic, magic, scary in the same time. it's the third Pipilotti Rist's solo exhibition at the gallery. You'll see a triptych of LCD screens mounted on the wall in the first room. Cascading fabrics that descend from the ceiling and become undulating canvases in the second one. And finally in the last room, a huge chandelier made of underpants - collected from the artist and her family and friends - is suspended from the ceiling.

And to those who missed the Matisse exhibition, no worries it wasn't so impressive! Go to Chelsea and if it's raining go to the Park restaurant on 17th st. and 10th av...